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Government launches Disability Action Plan

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The government has announced its Disability Action Plan to support disabled people, making their lives that little bit easier.

It will include introducing mandatory disability awareness training for taxi and private hire firms, raising awareness of assistive technology, encouraging more programmes in cultural and heritage sectors to introduce accessible programmes for people with autism and improving the courts system so more disabled people can be on juries.

The plan will also introduce the British Sign Language (BSL) GCSE and put extra weight behind the prospect of Great Britain hosting the Special Olympics World Summer Games in 2031.

Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, Tom Pursglove MP, said: “Our Disability Action Plan will lay out practical measures we can implement here and now to improve the lives of disabled people.

“From leading the way globally with assistive technology to improving inclusivity and accessibility across sport, travel and culture, the Plan will also be important in setting the stage for longer term change.

“We want disabled people to be at the heart of decision making and I would encourage anyone interested to respond to this consultation so the views of disabled people across the country are front and centre of our final Disability Action Plan.”

The government has been quick to highlight their successes over the past twelve months on how they have supported disabled people, such as making the King Charles The Third England Coast Path accessible, the Down Syndrome Act and British Sign Language (BSL) Act – a consultation to support the introduction of a new BSL GCSE and delivering an additional £1 billion to support the education of children and young people with complex needs.

Chair of the Disability Unit West Midlands Regional Stakeholder Network, Louise Mckiernan said: “I welcome the Government’s commitment to their new Disability Action Plan and their intention to take immediate and practical actions to improve the lives of disabled people across the UK.

“The launch of this consultation is an important opportunity for disabled people in particular to have their say and to help shape the Government’s short-term plans.

“I would encourage as many disabled people, disability organisations and other interested parties as possible to take part in this consultation exercise to ensure their voices are heard.”

[ The consultation can be accessed on GOV.UK from 18 July here ]

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